An Introduction to Modern Literary Arabic by David Cowan

By David Cowan

The teachings are transparent, in non-technical language, and feature beneficiant examples, with lots of workouts for translation from Arabic to English and from English to Arabic. this can be the handbook that scholars drawn to Arabic as a dwelling and increasing global language will want. it's the first to deal as a rule with smooth literary Arabic. In Mr Cowan's phrases: 'The objective is to give an explanation for to the scholars, in as concise a fashion as attainable, the grammatical constitution of the fashionable Arabic literary language because it is located this present day in newspapers, magazines, books, the radio, and public conversing. i've got endeavoured to limit the cloth to the minimal which could function a stepping-stone to a deeper learn of Arabic. because the primary grammar of written Arabic has infrequently replaced as an creation to the classical language additionally. Having as soon as mastered its contents the scholar must have a valid take hold of of Arabic grammar and will then direct his experiences in the direction of smooth literature or classical in line with his wishes and tendencies.

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